Saturday, December 5, 2015

Un-Doing {Celebrate This Week 12-05-15}

Thank you to Ruth for hosting this weekly celebration of life!

In this crazy time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the swirl and whirl of life.  You rush from one experience to the next without ever fully living any of them.  There are so many things that we feel that we have to do that we just "do" them without thinking.


This is kind of a funny word.  What, exactly, does it mean? I know there are dictionary definitions, but when I think about this word, I feel all sorts of blurry, rushed feelings about it.

This week, I have tried to focus on the opposite of of the word "doing"....un-doing....a conscious slowing down to enjoy the moments of life.

On Sunday, I began the day by going to a nearby Starbucks to work on my writing.  This was a first for me, but it won't be a last.  I loved sitting there, enjoying my tea, staring out the window, watching people come and go, and (occasionally) writing.  Lots of un-doing.
Sunday afternoon, I moved my writing to my favorite chair in my living room next to my Christmas tree.  I built a fire in the fireplace and spent the afternoon writing, napping, and enjoying the fire.  I worked on the prayer shawl I am crocheting for church and wrote a little more.  I was un-doing.
Yesterday, I took a personal day from work to finish my Christmas shopping. There were lots of un-doing moments here too.  I lingered over lunch, browsed among the books at Barnes & Noble,  walked the aisles of Trader Joe's looking for nothing in particular.  It was an unrushed and a completely enjoyable day because I did what I wanted to do and took time to slow down and notice.  Un-doing.
Please don't let the busy holiday season take you away without a few moments of slowing down and undoing.


  1. Un-doing?!?! YES! That sounds like a perfect antidote to the craziness and chaos of the season! Lovely!!!

  2. "a conscious slowing down to enjoy the moments of life." I so need to heed your advice as I look at my to-do list for this weekend. Have a great weekend!

  3. Now that's the way to tackle a week! By undoing, you can savor the doing. Keep up the undoing and enjoy!

  4. So so so important to remember. I spent 45 min un-doing this morning. Read more of Masterminds 2.0. Love this sequel! Looking forward to some writing time with you over break!

  5. Thanks for this new way of seeing 'doing', Jennifer. I loved looking at your week of "un-doing", pure pleasure it seems.

  6. Your post gave me the same luxurious feeling I get when I finish a yoga class.

  7. Love this opportunity to slow down and breathe as I read about your undoing during the season! It also reminded me of a few times I stopped by a SB after a class and savored the chance to write there. Happy New Year, Jennifer!


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